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Deputy Executive Director


GLSEN works to create safe and affirming schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We have been doing this work since 1990, and we are the only national organization dedicated to transforming K-12 school climate for LGBTQ students. We work at the local, district, state and federal level to effect systems change in education in the U.S., and we connect with an international network of organizational partners to support similar progress around the world.

Our work has produced measurable improvements in the lives of LGBTQ students in the United States, and helped establish new norms of support for LGBTQ students in the education world.

About this Role

We are seeking a key leader for the next chapter of the organization’s growth and impact. The Deputy Executive Director serves as a thought partner to the Executive Director and internal leader for strategic planning and implementation. This role builds relationships with and is accountable to all GLSEN stakeholders. The Deputy Executive Director has broad authority to implement and promote GLSEN’s programs, initiatives, and campaigns, and provides leadership, support, and direction to GLSEN’s team of departmental directors. They are also a key player in supporting GLSEN's commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive work environment.

We strongly encourage people of color, people of diverse gender identities, people with disabilities, and women to apply.

What is needed to fulfill this position

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice in K-12 education
  • Strong track record as an internal organizational leader, with multiple years of senior management experience
  • Ability to communicate effectively and confidently, both verbally and in writing, with a broad range of audiences
  • Well-organized, with the ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple tasks with tight deadlines
  • Experience with the essential and difficult conversations, and the sustained and focused practices necessary for collaboration, conflict resolution, accountability and community across multiple and diverse constituencies
  • A commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable work environment
  • Experience in K-12 schools, with demonstrated success as a leader (at any level), a plus

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Fine print

The Deputy Executive Director primarily works in GLSEN’s headquarters in New York City, with travel to the GLSEN Policy Office in Washington, DC, and to meet with external partners and GLSEN chapters as needed (approximately 20-25%).

GLSEN is an Equal Opportunity Employer.